Humility

Posted: January 29, 2011 in poetries

i came down for you to see
the love i have received with glee
but disgrace and distrust was upon you
now who i am to give this love, i woe.

i gave up my position for my friends
but you never noticed, as if you’re my fiend
i am willing to give up even my life
but you broke my heart like a cut of a knife

but love in me didn’t stop
though you ignored me, it breaks my heart
unconditional love i give, that’s for free
receive it in your heart truthfully, i plea.

-JESUS-

travis 5/20/07

While during the new year, we had this tradition to have house hopping right after the New Year’s Eve Service. From one house to another, we tasted different food that soothes our palate. We have to watch our diet though cause there will be a lot of food to taste.

It started just 3 years ago when our Pastor invited us to come join him to visit some families and pray to them for God‘s guidance and direction for the coming year. We’ve rented a jeepney to drive us from one house to another. Great food, great people, God’s presence is felt from every house we visited.

Right after, by 12 midnight, fireworks illuminated the night. It was fun to watch people smiling with glee seeing kids holding sparklers running around while the background was so noisy. Family gathered as they face the new year with hope.

Videoke singco sa bahay ni Kuya

So with the boarders of kuya. I wasn’t with them as they had their Videoke all night long (or should i say all day long as it was from 11 till morning, hehehe). But that wouldn’t stop me for not having fun too. By that, I invited to have lunch with the Bahay ni Kuya the 2nd day of January and of course have some Videoke. It was fun though but not exciting because the machine has to be placed with 5 peso coin for 2 songs in order to work. But overall it was fun.

See you in the next gathering sa Bahay Ni Kuya guys.

New ME; New YOU

Posted: January 1, 2011 in activities, events, happenings

This will be a great for all of us… Stay focused and determined. MagDOTA tayo…hahahaha…

 

Hap new year guys….

Who could not forget the gruesome massacre of almost 52 innocent people? It literally left a taint at the history of the Philippines, even for the whole world. As I recall, I saw the faces of people marching raising banners shouting “JUSTICE”, lighting candles of hope and praying unceasingly.

My friend’s father was one of them. A broadcaster, who only wished to bring truth and light to every news he delivers was brutally massacred. Who would have thought a guy like him, so giving and passionate to his family and job, be buried together with other mediamen. You could see the pain in every tears they cried, the hurts in every shout, the love in their hearts for their father.

Now, a year after, we remember them. As we’ve talked to the family, we could feel the pain still lurking in their veins. If only their hearts could talk, we could hear the cry of pain and justice. A year after massacre the case, justice was not been brought. They still clamor for the system to be just and to hasten the case. System after system, we seek its trustworthiness.

May this verse in the Bible inspire you today.

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PSALM 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me to the path of righteousness for his name sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil
for you are with me. your rod and staff they comfort me;
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;
my cups runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

A year ago from now, a gruesome massacre was recorded on the Philippine soil. A National Day of Remembrance was declared to commemorate this event. How would a person feel if one of your family were a victim? Maybe Justice is your best bet to append what had happened. True enough that was their cry.

Here’s a news from ABS-CBNnews.tv by Ira Pedrasa that Justice for the Victims is still elusive. Kindly read and pray for justice for all the victims and their family and relatives.

Maguindanao massacre one year after: Justice still elusive

By Ira Pedrasa, abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 11/23/2010 12:39 AM | Updated as of 11/23/2010 12:39 AM

 

MANILA, Philippines – It will be a year on Tuesday (Nov. 23) since news of the massacre of 57 civilians in Maguindanao shocked the whole world – news that further catapulted the Philippines high in the impunity index.

But while the nation commemorates the so-called Maguindanao massacre, the families of the victims continue to hope for that elusive justice.

In a press statement, Amnesty International Asia-Pacific Programme Director Sam Zarifi said the trials continue to be characterized by delays.

Of the nearly 200 implicated in the murders, a big percentage remains at large.

Another hitch is the government’s failure to crush private armies that continue to sow fear in the hearts of many, he said.

“How the Philippine government handles this case will demonstrate how serious President Aquino is about reining in private armies and curbing human rights violations,” he said.

“The government has to show that the Philippines has the ability and will to deal fairly but resolutely with a massacre that constituted the worst ever attack on journalists anywhere in the world,” he added.

A look back

On November 23, 57 civilians were brutally killed and their bodies dumped in a mass grave on a hillside above the town of Ampatuan, rightly named after the powerful clan there.

The victims include members of the Mangudadatu clan, who were on their way to file the candidacy of then Buluan Vice-Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu. The latter was to run for the province’s gubernatorial race—one that has solely belonged to the Ampatuan family in the past.
The convoy included journalists.

Immediately, the government under then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo proceeded to rein in on the Ampatuans by imposing martial rule in some parts of Maguindanao.

The multiple murder case is now before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, but not without hitches along the way: initial inhibition of a judge, the death of a possible witness, a ruling that absolved 2 Ampatuans, and a couple more.

Arroyo herself was linked to the case.

Lakmudin Saliao, a former trusted aide of the Ampatuan family, revealed that former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. only agreed to surrender his son and namesake to authorities after getting assurances he will be put “under the care” of the then president.

Several of her men were also supposedly bribed to ensure that the family would still be living in fairly good conditions.

The court has since discussed a case management system that both the prosecution and defense teams approved in order to hasten the resolution of the case. Even the Supreme Court has relieved Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes of her many tasks.

Some, however, say that the systems put in place are not enough. Some fear that the case will take years and years.

Commemoration

On Tuesday, a series of mass actions will be done in commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre.

In Manila, different groups will be assembling for a torch parade leading to the Mendiola Bridge for a short program.

Cultural group Ugat Lahi will present a 9-foot effigy called the “Ampatuan Backhoe” featuring the grotesque face of Ampatuan, Jr.

NUJP chairman Nestor Burgos said they are still asking different broadcast stations to air 5 television commercials meant to remind the public of the worst massacre case in the country.

Emotions are expected to run high most especially in Mindanao, where the families of the victims will retrace the doomed route.

These groups want more, however. The government should be at the forefront of the search for justice, they said.

In a separate statement, the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy said “beyond punishing the guilty, PCID also urges government to take effective action to prevent the reoccurrence of such barbaric acts on Philippine soil.”

Amnesty International’s Zafiri added: “If President Aquino is serious about ending the violence associated with private armies, he should revoke Executive Order 546 at once…The fact that private armies continue to operate a year after the Maguindanao massacre is an affront to the victims and an invitation to further disasters.”

June 30, 2010, Wednesday, marks a history. A history were every Filipino glued their eyes and ears on televisions and radios. A history were people count as one. One for change. The 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III took an oath to lead the Filipino nation.

I might say this has been a day were watching an inauguration of the leaders of a country been worldwide celebrated. Artists, dignitaries, foreign leader’s representatives, media-men worldwide gathered to hear the speech of the Filipino President. I wondered if they even understand the speech of President Aquino since it was delivered in Filipino and some parts in English.

As he delivered his speech, people paused, listened and cheered. One that strucked me most was this following statement:

“Ang naniniwala sa people power ay nakatuon sa kapwa at hindi sa sarili. Sa mga nang-api sa akin, kaya ko kayong patawarin, at pinapatawad ko na kayo. Sa mga nang-api sa sambayanan, wala akong karapatan na limutin ang inyong mga kasalanan. To those who are talking about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. Sa paglimot ng pagkakasala, sinisigurado mong mauulit muli ang mga pagkakasalang ito. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.”

For me, forgiveness is one of many keys to make a country whose past still lingers at present to move forward. In the Bible, Jesus the Prince of Peace talked often of forgiveness it is also the same for us then to forgive. However, President Aquino didn’t want to forget those who sinned against the country. Instead he wants justice to prevail if we want reconciliation. He can forgive but for the country it’s a different story. I agree that justice must prevail. In order for justice to prevail, one who handles it must be firm and founded in its principles.

Secretary Leila de Lima, the new Secretary of Justice, has her marching orders to provide true and justice for all. With this order at hand, cases now have been filed including that of former President Arroyo. I am eager to stay tuned in her term if she really could provide justice for all. I just keep my fingers cross. It is also my desire that justice be served.

One question, though, still creeps in my mind. The speech doesn’t talk of the Villa Luisita case, does this mean it is off the hook or this is part of the marching order for Secretary de Lima to look into? I will patiently wait and see.

Beside wang-wang, I have seen results of the speech of Pres. Aquino after a week it was said. If we really want change, we have to take part ourselves and be involved in making our country what the President hoped for. Change must take place in and through us then it will show and transcend from one person to the next.

A REFLECTION ON THE FILM THE OTHER MINDANAO

Watching a film that talks of your culture, tribe and place you grew up opened up my senses as it was indeed an eye opener. Journalists Howie Severino and Samirah Ali Gutoc have told the other side of Mindanao. That Mindanao is not what most people perceived but rather a diverse people living in unity in a land they call home – Mindanao.

I realized that there are so many stories of hope to tell in Mindanao. Cultures and traditions that are not known to me, stories of war and conflict that has been long here that I only knew just now and the realizations of what their struggles and of what the government has been doing to capture the needs of the Mindanaons.

When war broke out in Mindanao, many displaced people including children have suffered. Children cope through drawing what they experienced; their trauma of war and escape. Some left their livelihood just to escape the cruelty of life. Scared for life, they don’t even know who to trust. As Howie Severino had said, only a smile can bridge a gap to tell if they are friendly or not.

Peace, I realized is hard to find if human basic needs are not met. Conflict broke out because of two warring families and groups who have different principles fighting for their own. Truce as they say is a fragile peace. Families and groups talk peace to end this cruelty. Those who have suffered experienced problems that needs to be addressed by the Government.

One basic need that has to be addressed by the government is water. The people who are affected by the conflict in Mindanao are crying for clean, potable water.  According to Dr. Parouk Hussin, only 29% of the villagers in ARMM are supplied with potable water. Without clean water, water borne diseases have affected most of the children. Secondly, rehabilitation for the refugees. Government provided for homes for the conflict affected areas; however, it was just homes without walls. Schools now become the refuge of the homeless. This led us to the third issue, lack of education. Children have to cross rivers just to be educated. Others don’t have any schools at all. A school in Buluan, Maguindanao has become an abode. Because of displacement, others don’t have a livelihood. Farming equipments they cry and safe roads for transport.

Sec. Jesus Dureza, Presidential Assistant for Mindanao, addressed the issue by rekindling the trust of the people in the government, building livelihood programs, reopening of the schools and convincing the teachers to go back and teach. He said, there are about 800, 000 people are affected in Mindanao and before it will grow it has to be addressed now.

Through community consultation with the local leaders, focus group discussions and interviews led social workers and even Non-Governmental Organizations in organizing community mapping and in creation of project proposals to aid them in rebuilding their place. Negotiations between and among groups is continually been doing by the government to settle this issue. Roads, irrigations, and employment became a tool in reducing conflict in certain towns in Mindanao.

A responsive government is what we need in our country. A government where basic needs of the people are met is all we need to achieve peace in Mindanao. I realized that there are a lot of things to be done but in order to realize these goals we need to start it now from ourselves and be responsive to the needs of people that surrounds us as well.

NIKE – Just do it!

Posted: July 19, 2010 in poetries

I

A friend opened up his difficulties

He struggled on matters that I hardly know;

But one thing I know that I should listen for feelings

Be quick to listen and slow to speak.

II

That friend released his emotions

the wounds of his heart sets his tongue in motion;

we ought to have control in our speech, I said

see our hearts and maybe the problem is you.

III

we ought to desire and experience life change

humble in ourselves to accept God’s word;

just do it as Nike’s motto says

do what the Word says, lasting life change shall begin.

~James 1:19-27~

tukso

Posted: July 10, 2010 in poetries

tukso

I

as i walk down the road of Cd’s and DVD’s

i saw new release videos, my eyes drawn away and was enticed;

naked people posing everywhere, nudity exposed

“tukso layuan mo ako”, i shut my eyes closed.

II

a few steps further brand  new cellphones for sale

oh, i can’t resist looking at them, i failed

the test of being tempted, i plea

Lord help me stay away from there, so it be.

III

glitters, gold, silver, diamonds displayed

a few steps forward it purposely deceive

people walking by unknowingly enticed

undivided attention now they see.

IV

temptation is not a sin they say

giving in to it, that is sin, please stay away;

satan wants you to play his game

God is good, don’t let Him get the blame.

Thank you my MBFI Family

Posted: May 26, 2010 in happenings

My quest on becoming a Metrobank Scholar was indeed God’s favor.

I was born barely having parents beside me. My mother, who is a nurse, left us to pursue her dreams abroad. I was eleven months old then and the youngest among three boys. My father took care of us up until he became a fugitive of the law when i was in grade 3. Life is hard, mind you, without any parents living beside you nor giving you advises and support. God has been so gracious that He didn’t allowed us to have no shelter, food and clothing. God provided us a family who would take good care of us. My father’s sisters took us and became our guardians. They chose not to have a family of their own and be a responsible guardians.

I lived independently ever since my parents was not around. I strive really hard to be on top of the game. Learning the basics on my own, selling ice drop in our school, and save a little of my allowance to buy educational books. Walking was always a part of my life. To save more, I seldom ride a transport and just walk.

I have learned a lot since childhood. I owe them all to my wonderful Aunts who has always been there for me and to my siblings.

After graduating in High School, I started wondering if I could go to college. At that time, I was ashamed of asking a big favor to my guardians to send to me to a good university. I started applying for a scholarship, without them knowing it. I prayed really hard to God to order everything and allow me to pass any scholarship. I’ve waited for an answer.

My heart was pounding, beating fast, as the day of enrollment comes near. I have chosen a course way back in grade school. Since then I was preparing myself to face a degree in Biology and be a medical doctor after. I enrolled in Ateneo de Davao University with a degree in Biology. I could get a part time job while going to school, i told myself. But right after I could pass all the requirements to the registrar, i received a call and told me that I passed the Metrobank Scholarship. My mouth was shut. I don’t know how to react and just thank God for the blessing. I went immediately back to Cotabato City and enrolled in Notre Dame University. While my dream was to become a doctor, the course granted by the Foundation was BS in Accountancy and BS in Mathematics.  I later chose BS in Accountancy. At first I was shocked by the numbers and later loved them. After graduation, i finally saw my mother and her new family.

I thanked God all the more when I finished a degree. I said that without God’s blessing and favor and without the foundation, one person’s dream may not be realized. When a person strive so hard, God sees the effort and grants him his desire, touching other people to be a vessel and an instrument in achieving that desire. To Tito Chito, and all my MBFI Family, words of thanks may not be enough. I continually pray that you will inspire more people in believing and achieving their dreams.

I now pursue my Doctor of Philosophy degree, it may not be a medical doctor that I desired before, still I thank God that I could help other people as well.